1998. HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
NOW. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around them, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies.
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The first chapter where you start with in city and can do nothing but observe all the residents is probably the most I've been immersed in a game's world ever
By the end of the game any other time spent in city 17 made me want to kill myself because its like over a third of the game and it looks/plays exactly the same and I'm just bored out of my mind
Probably the best example of game aging very well. I've finished it for the first time about 15 years after the release and I had more fun in Half-Life 2 than in most games from the past 5-10 years. Gameplay is still so fun and I love how the game continuously brings something new to the table.